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Now You See Her

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Fifty-year-old Marcy Taggart's life is in shambles. Two years ago, her twenty-one-year-old daughter, Devon, perished in a canoeing accident. Her body was never found in the icy waters of Georgian Bay, and as a result Marcy has never fully accepted her death. She continues to see the young woman's face in crowds and has even stopped strangers on the street, certain she has...more
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Well, there’s a few hours I’m never getting back.

I am not a book snob. I like a fast-paced, plot-driven suspense thriller as much as the next girl. Now You See Her, on the surface at least, seems like a book that would be right down my dark alley. Marcy Taggert is on holiday in Ireland. It was supposed to be a second honeymoon, but her husband, Peter, has run off with the golf pro from his country club and so Marcy has gone solo. While enjoying a cup of tea with a man she’s met on her day-trip t...more
Luanne Ollivier
In Joy Fielding's latest novel Now You See Her, we meet 50 year old Marcy Taggart as she's on a tour bus in Ireland. This trip was supposed to have been a 25th anniversary trip with her husband Peter. However, their marriage fell apart after their daughter Devon died. Marcy has never accepted that her bipolar daughter committed suicide - her body was never found. Peter has left her for another woman and divorce proceedings are underway. Marcy has taken the trip anyway - why not?

While sitting in...more
Marcy Taggart has been hit with an emotional wallop, but she has not fallen. First her daughter was killed in a canoeing accident two years ago. The body was never found, so Marcy has never truly accepted her daughter's death. Her husband has moved on and left her for another woman. At fifty, Marcy is taking a tour of Ireland that was meant to be a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary trip. During a break at a pub, Marcy thinks she sees her daughter Devon walk past. Could her daughter still be alive...more
Review Summary: Shallow, cheap mystery with an extremely outdated and overused plot and a dissatisfying and irrelevant conclusion. If you're really that curious about how this story will play out, just read the first and last parts; everything in between is not necessary, entertaining, or thrilling. Otherwise, I'd avoid this book altogether.

The plot of a parent seeing a glimpse of a child they thought was dead is so old. I cannot stress how old and unimaginative the plot is. I'm surprised Joy Fi...more
Dorothyanne Brown
Joy Fielding is an author I tend to avoid, simply because her writing reminds me of the way music swells in dramatic moments of a movie. I always come away from Fielding's books feeling vaguely dirty and definitely manipulated. Part of it is the subject matter of her books, always geared for maximum intensity of emotion, part of it is the way she writes them.
Which is to say she is very good at what she does.
But that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Every once and awhile I pick up one of her books...more
Like Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Marcy Taggart has chosen to depend on the kindness of strangers. Following the death of her daughter Devon two years ago (the body was never found) and the departure for greener (and younger) pastures by her husband of 25 years, she has gone to Ireland alone on the vacation that was to have been a second honeymoon of sorts for she and her husband.

Marcy's has experienced feelings of unrelenting guilt since her mother committed suicide several years...more
Judi/Judith Riddle
The novel opens with an introduction to 50 year old Marcy who is on a tour bus in Ireland. Actually, she is on a 25th wedding anniversary trip without her husband. He left her after their daughter died in a boating accident because he couldn't deal with all their emotions. (Wimp, in my opinion!) The authorities are sure that Devon, their daughter committed suicide but Marcy can't accept that answer because she thinks she sees Devon in crowds everywhere. While in Ireland, she is positive she sees...more
This wasn't a bad book. But it wasn't good either. It's a plot we all read a million times. Marcy takes a trip to Ireland on what should have been her 25th anniversary. But her husband left her for another women, and she goes anyway. People seem to think this odd, but if you have ever made travel arrangements, you know if you have no travel insurance, and you don't go on the vacation, you pay for it anyway. So why not go? Anyway..

Marcy and Peter's Daughter Devon was presumed dead when her overtu...more
Dale Safford
Another book where the main woman character looks like she is off her rocker, and has voices in her head. Why does the author make a woman seem looney-tunes when she is thinking through a situation? And how can a woman who is brand new to a town attract not one but two men who want to get involved in her problems when she comes across as quite boring? And, besides all that, this narrator reads with a crackle in her voice which makes the woman seem even more bonkers.

Marcy Taggart takes a planned...more

I was pretty vocal in my disappointment in Joy Fielding's last book, The Wild Zone, and I must say that Now You See Her was infinitely better. By no stretch of the imagination can it be compared to someone like Steig Larrsson or Tana French, but it was enjoyable. It kept me guessing right up to the end. I knew one of two guys was "the bad guy" but I kept going back and forth on who it was. The end was not exactly what I was hoping for, but it was satisfyin...more
Casey Bennett
This book was weird, I think it had great potential and I kept waiting and waiting for "it" but it let me down, especially how it ended.
When you blend familial mental illness, the grief of losing a child, and the stress/depression of a divorce; let it bake in a foreign country, you end up with a potent mix of paranoia and self doubt. Fielding adds these ingredients a little at a time and gradually ratchets up the tension in her heroine Marcy Taggert, to where something has got to give.
If you have a child disappear you would never be able to let go of the suspicion they are still out there waiting to be found. What would you do?...more
Lindsay (Turning the Pages)
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What would you do if your daughter was suspected of committing suicide but her body was never found? Would you believe that she was dead? Would you be able to rest and be at peace? These are all the questions that the book, Now You See Her by Joy Fielding, bring up.

When it came to the turmoil that Marcy was going through, after not only the death of her daughter, but her quarter-of-a-decade marriage ends, Joy Fielding's d...more
In a captivating tale of what can happen to someone whose daughter has presumably died, but whose body was never found—like a cruel twist of the saying "now you see her, now you don't"—Marcy Taggart's journey toward finally resolving what happened to her daughter Devon is a convoluted one at times.

It's a story about grieving when you don't really believe your child is dead. It's a story about new beginnings when you don't really want to begin again.

Because, after the tragic canoeing accident tha...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Now You See Her by Joy Fielding is a roller-coaster ride of duplicity, suspense, and pain. Marcy Taggart has taken her twenty-fifth anniversary trip to Ireland without her husband, Paul, who left her for a golf instructor from their country club. Their marriage had floundered for years, but their daughter Devon's seeming suicide killed their union as well. While Marcy is in a Irish pub, she is sure she sees Devon, and this sends her on a crazy trip through seedy nightclubs, the Irish countryside...more
Eileen Granfors
I've been up and down with Joy Fielding in the last 12 or 13 books, after loving some of her early works such as "The Other Woman," "The Deep End," and "Kiss Mommy Goodbye."

Her latest thriller, "Now You See Her," reads quickly with Marcy Taggart on a trip to Ireland, hoping to diminish her grief over her daughter Devon's suicide. But Devon's body was never found, and Marcy has a mother's intuition that Devon may be in Ireland. Then she sees a girl outside a pub, a girl who looks like Devon.

Off w...more
Book Him Danno
Sometimes people are out to get you. When you blend a little bit of familial mental illness, the grief of losing a child, and the stress/depression of a divorce; let it bake in a foreign country, you end up with a potent mix of paranoia and self doubt. Fielding adds these ingredients a little at a time and gradually ratchets up the tension in her heroine Marcy Taggert, to where something has got to give.
If you have a child disappear you would never be able to let go of the suspicion they are st...more
Katie Kenig
Marcy's life is a bit of a wreck. Her mother killed herself. Her daughter presumably died in a canoeing accident, though her body was never found. Her husband left her for a golf pro at the club, just before their anniversary. To try to perk herself back up, she decides to take their anniversary trip to Ireland on her own - why waste a fun vacation after all? And it's sitting in a pub, chatting with an American tourist that she sees her daughter - outside in the rain, through the ad-pasted front...more
4.5 stars. I cannot give this a complete five - only because of a few really annoying moments & some too unbelievable stuff.

BUT...I loved this book! It had me sitting on the edge of my seat! I have had so many disappointments lately - I just cannot seem to 'fall into' any book. Lots of starts only to abandon them for not having the ability to keep my attention. NOT SO HERE. I was drawn in right away & couldn't wait to indulge myself with more. I HAD to know just who was the villan.

A good...more
As Marcy sits in a local pub in Ireland on what was to be her 2nd honeymoon she sees her daughter, Devon, pass by on the street. The thing is her Bipolar daughter went missing two years earlier after her boat was found floating in a bay. Her body was never found. Convinced Devon is in alive in Ireland, Marcy begins a frantic search with the help of a handsome young bartender, an older American traveler, and a lonely overworked nanny. Of course, Marcy becomes victim to her own desperation with a...more
As a big Joy Fielding fan, I was expecting a really great story as usual from her latest release Now You See Her and I can say now that I am not disappointed. As usual, the story is really compelling and she manages to build up suspense and an ending you would not expect.

Until the very end of the story, you will not find out if Marcy will really find her daughter Devon or if Devon really has killed herself two years ago. Knowing all her novels, Joy Fielding has a real talent for bringing in diff...more
I'm always on the lookout for books that grip me and keep me glued to my bed or couch from page 1 til the end of the book. I've discovered just this weekend that joy fielding's writing style and genre fulfills that. I finished the book in just one day, which is a big deal for someone as time poor as I am.

Drilling it down to bare bones, the story is fundamentally about a woman's journey through grief, occasional madness until the ultimate gift of peaceful acceptance comes. In the process, there'...more
Michele Grant
James Patterson is my favorite mystery writer but after reading this book, Joy Fielding will now be added to my list. I almost immediately became both exasperated with and sympathetic to the leading character, Marcy. Recently divorced, apparent suicide of her only daughter and being to go to person for her sister makes an interesting character. Marcy has decided she needs a change of atmosphere and decides to go on her supposed twenty-fifth anniversary to Ireland. BOth her ex-huband and sister f...more
Phyllis Sommers
As I started this novel, my early assessment was that this author, one of my favorites, was starting to "lose her mojo" and becoming very "cookie-cutter," like so many of her peers. It wasn't long, however, before I was on the edge of my seat, unable to turn the pages fast enough and realizing that Joy Fielding's writing is every bit as exciting and interesting as it's always been.

We meet Marcy Taggart, a recent divorcée who has had a very difficult two years, as she is listening to a guide on h...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This book is a bit of a genre-bender, at first a drama about a mother's search for her daughter, who was presumed drowned two years ago. Her body was never found, and when 50-year-old Marcy Taggart, in the process of a divorce from her husband, travels alone to Ireland on the trip that was supposed to be a 25th anniversary trip, she sees her daughter's face passing a pub window while on a tour to Cork.

While two men pursue her affections, she is in pursuit of her daughter, who suffered from bipol...more
Marcy's daughter Devon apparently committed suicide 2 or 3 years prior to the start of this story but her body was never found. Marcy has never accepted that her daughter is dead and has caught glimpses of women she thought was Devon in the past. She's now divorced and taking a bus tour in Ireland which was meant to be a 25th anniversary trip. In a pub in Cork City during a tour stop, she catches another sight of a woman she's convinced is Devon and becomes obsessed with finding the woman. She h...more
Marcy Taggart is a middle-aged woman whose husband has recently left her. They had been planning a second honeymoon in Ireland, and, since it's been paid for, Marcy decides to go by herself. She's sitting in a Dublin pub when, through the window, she spots a young woman who's a ringer for her daughter Devon, who committed suicide 2 years ago. She takes off in pursuit, only to lose sight of her when she is run down by a bicyclist. Convinced that Devon is not dead at all, but alive and well and li...more
A sign of aging? I picked this up at the library last weekend and saw I'd marked it as "read" in my list (even gave it 3 stars) but think I just got on a Joy Fielding spree when I was updating my list because the book doesn't sound familiar to me at all. So I'll start it and see if anything starts to ring a bell.


Goodness, I most certainly never read this book because it was SOOO good I would have remembered it.

Great story about a mother, Marcy, grieving for her daughter, who committed suicid...more
Carol  MacInnis
Marcy Taggart's marriage is slowly but surely falling a part, so a trip to Ireland for their 25th Anniversary seemed appropriate to renew their relationship. Two years ago their daughter, Devon had gone missing and the police closed the case saying it was a suicide by drowning but no body was ever found. To this day Marcy didn't believe this to be true and it finally wore her husband down and he therefore up and left her for another woman and shortly thereafter divorced her. Since their trip to...more
Now you see her is the latest by Joy Fielding. Marcy is on holiday in Ireland and thinks she sees her presumed dead daughter walk by the window of a pub. Her chase kicks off a confusing and twisted journey as she tries to prove that her daughter did not kill herself. I found this book and Marcy's character incredibly frustrating. Marcy seemed all over the place. She continually made very stupid choices and it was a wonder she wasn't ever seriously hurt. Her reasoning behind her decisions had me...more
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Joy Fielding (née Tepperman; born March 18, 1945) is a Canadian novelist and actress. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. As Joy Tepperman, she had a brief acting career, appearing in the film Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) and in an episode of Gunsmoke. She later changed her last n...more
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